Godliness and Greed

Godliness and Greed : Shifting Christian Thought on Profit and Wealth

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Skip Worden shows the profound transformation of Christian thought on economics from the beginning of the Commercial Revolution to the fifteenth-century Renaissance. Worden explains how the general antagonism toward the pursuit of wealth before the Commercial Revolution turned into Protestant theologians' fighting against the prevailing view of a pro-wealth paradigm during the fifteenth century.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739139835
  • 9780739139837
  • 1,730,274

About Skip Worden

Skip Worden is a researcher and writer. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.show more

Table of contents

1 Table of Contents 2 Preface Part 3 I. The Patristic Anti-Wealth Paradigm Chapter 4 1. Antecedents: Natural Wealth and Justice Chapter 5 2. The Strict and Moderated Anti-Wealth Schools Chapter 6 3. Augustine Chapter 7 4. Medieval Voluntary Poverty Part 8 II. The Paradigmatic Shift Chapter 9 5. Aquinas Chapter 10 6. The Renaissance Part 11 III. The Protestant Reformation Chapter 12 7. Luther Chapter 13 8. Calvin Chapter 14 9. Puritan Stewardship Part 15 IV. John D. Rockefeller Chapter 16 10. Rockefeller's Business Ethic Chapter 17 11. The Pietistic Puritan Chapter 18 12. Conclusion: On the Complicity of Christianity 19 Appendix I: A Translation of Calvin's Fifth Sermon on Deuteronomy 23 20 Bibliography 21 Index 22 About the Authorshow more